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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tolga Karaçelik’s The Shallow Tale of a Writer Who Decided to Write about a Serial Killer

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tolga Karaçelik’s The Shallow Tale of a Writer Who Decided to Write about a Serial Killer

Completely off trade news radar, we learned that Turkish filmmaker Tolga Karaçelik moved into production on his English-language debut this past June with none-other than Steve Buscemi in the driver’s seat. Karaçelik has been to Park City on two previous trips bringing Ivy (2015) and 2018’s Butterflies (which was the Grand Jury Prize Award winner). Shot in New York City, this fourth feature film goes by the title of The Shallow Tale of a Writer Who Decided to Write about a Serial Killer and saw The Wolf of Snow Hollow cinematographer Natalie Kingston on the project. It’ll have to be rushed to be included in the fest due to the production start date.

Gist: A struggling writer in the midst of a divorce befriends a retired serial killer who incidentally becomes his marriage counselor by day, and killing counselor for his next book by night.

Production Co./Producers: Wren Arthur, Scott Aharoni, Mustafa Kaymak, Sinan Eczacibasi, Özge Bulut Marasli.

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Sales: TBD.

2023 American Film Festival Wroclaw

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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